Spam has become a big problem at Aussie Stock Forums.
As ASF has grown, the amount of individuals wishing to spam their products, services or websites on the forums has increased markedly.
ASF relies entirely on advertising revenue to cover its costs, which continue to increase along with ASF's membership. Allowing individuals to spam the forums with their products or services not only undermines the legitimate advertising on the site but encourages others to spam as well.
Here are some guidelines to let people know what is acceptable and what isn't.
Vendors are not allowed to promote their own products or services on ASF other than to have a link to their website in their signature. The only exceptions to this rule is if they are responding to a genuine query from an ASF member or correcting incorrect or misleading information about their product or service that has been posted to the forums by someone else.
Vendors who pose as satisfied customers or vouch for their own products or services without identifying themselves as the vendor will have their ASF account permanently suspended as this is considered to be misrepresentation.
Fair comment and the open discussion of various products or services is encouraged at ASF, but the constant referencing of a particular product or service in unrelated threads, especially by the same user, is considered spam and will be removed. Those who persist in this practice after being warned will have their accounts suspended.
This also extends to the spamming of other websites/forums/blogs. While the linking to relevant content on other websites is allowed and encouraged, repeatedly linking to another website for the sole purpose of driving visitors to it is considered spamming and is not permitted.
When linking to content on other websites, it must be able to be viewed without the visitor having to register first. If registration is required, we ask instead that you obtain permission from the author to repost it on ASF.
The use of affiliate links/codes in signatures or in posts on ASF is strictly forbidden. There are no exceptions to this rule.
If you feel that ASF has been of benefit to you in some way... or if you simply enjoy visiting the site and would like to see it thrive, please consider supporting our paying advertisers. That is the best way of supporting ASF. Without paying advertisers, ASF would cease to exist... and advertisers will only continue to advertise as long as they see some results.
As always, any support you can offer is sincerely appreciated!
If anyone has any questions or would like me to clarify something, please let me know in this thread.